Hungama in store for the Winter Session

  • Winter session starts on a poignant note
  • Members expect a lot of hungama in coming days
  • BJP geared up for a cake walk

(P Ravi)

New Delhi, November 24: The Winter Session of Parliament started today with the swearing in of new members like Pritham Munde from Maharashtra and Tej Pratap Singh from Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister introduced the members with new portfolios following which the house condoled the demise of former Union Minister Murali Deora (who died this morning) and the recent deaths of former members Hemendra Chandra Singh and Kapil Krishna Thakur. The house also expressed its condolences to the victims of floods in Jammu & Kashmir and Hudhud cyclone before adjourning it to the next day.

This session is bound to be interesting considering that the opposition parties are geared up to corner Narendra Modi government even as BJP is confident with the recent victories it has tasted across India. Important legislations like GST bill, Insurance Act amendment bill and the Lokpal Bill amendments are lined up for the session and the PM has appealed for co-operation from other members; but going by the mood of the opposition, it is going to be quite contrary scenario.

Janata Dal (United) lawmaker KC Tyagi anticipates a lot of hungama. “We along with parties such as Trinamool, CPM and others will oppose the Insurance Bill,” he said after attending an all-party meeting in Delhi on Sunday.

According to him Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and Janata Dal (Secular) of HD Deve Gowda – will be on a common platform.

However, Congress party may be singing a different tune in this issue. “We will decide when the bill comes to the floor of the House,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, refusing to divulge Congress’ stand on the bill.

Trinamool Congress, which is already at loggerheads with Modi led BJP and skipped the all-party meet, after engaging in a war of words, is hoping to find support from other parties in raising the issue of black money. This has also been a key campaign issue forBJP.

The areas of contention that the opposition is bound to seek clarity on may include government’s stand on hate speeches in connection with the rising number of communal flare-ups across the country, proposed changes in the land acquisition bill and the MNREGA, both landmark legislations passed during the UPA government’s tenure.

At the all-Party meet on Sunday Venkaiah Naidu gave details of 37 bills on the government’s agenda including the bills for introduction and those for consideration and passage. The bills relate to a series of issues including promotion of investments, improving ease of doing business, cooperatives, strengthening of regional rural banks, higher education, imposing stiffer penalties on hijackers, replacing coal ordinance and promoting ethical practices in bio-medical and health research on humans.

He said, “Parliament needs to send out a right message through appropriate legislations in the context of enhanced global interest in economic development of the country”.

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